Can gunsmiths get parts quicker?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by robert6715, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. robert6715

    robert6715 Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    I am a profesional mechanic, therefore I can get non stocked parts and backordered parts faster than the guy who just walks into the parts store, due to the volume of parts I order.

    I was wondering if this is true for gunsmiths also? It seems if you order 20-30 barrels or stocks or whatever a year you would get preferential treatment.

    The reason I ask is because it is taking my smith a long time to get me a McMillian stock. I know there web site says it is taking 6 months, and I believe my smith when he says he ordered my stock over six months ago.

    Just curious. Rob
  2. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    If a 'smith orders 20-30 stocks/barrels per year or 20-30 triggers/actions at one time he will/might get a better price (depending, of course) but, he gets 'put in line' by most manufactuers, like everyone else. I think many manufactures (not all) would rather sell to individuals as the can sell for retail instead of a discounted rate. To most manufacters, it's all about volume in one way or another. More money selling at retail, less hastle selling at a discount to a 'smith that knows what he wants without guessing and will be ordering more than 'one'.
  3. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    Most of the time they get a slight discount but time is the same.